PSA Events


Upcoming Events


PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series - topics on International Conflict Resolution and Prevention
The PSA/USIP Congressional Briefing Series - topics on International Conflict Resolution and Prevention is an educational program designed to provide congressional staff opportunities to engage with leading experts and fellow Capitol Hill staffers in bipartisan forums.

APR 20: Politics of a Nuclear Deal: Former U.S. & Iranian Officials Debate
APR 20 - An Iran Forum Series Event: Iran and the world's six major powers now face a June 30 deadline for converting a blueprint into a final nuclear deal. A unique panel of former U.S. and Iranian officials will assess the status of the talks and the political dynamics that will determine the fate of any agreement in Washington and Tehran. Join us for the discussion on April 20 at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

Past Events


The Iran Forum Series
As international negotiators attempt to find diplomatic solutions to disputes over Iran's nuclear program, an unprecedented coalition of eight Washington think tanks hosted a series of public and Capitol Hill educational briefings on the challenges facing these men and women at the table with Iran. The coalition included the U.S. Institute of Peace, RAND, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Arms Control Association, the Center for a New American Security, the Stimson Center, the Partnership for a Secure America, the Ploughshares Fund, and staff from the Brookings Institution and the Center for Non-Proliferation Studies.

Click here for videos of all three public meetings.

On the Ground in Egypt & UAE
MAR 9 - PSA's Dr. Graeme Bannerman, PSA Board member and former Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staff Director, shared insight and information from his recent travels to Egypt and UAE.

Nigeria: Elections, Boko Haram & the Future of US Relations
FEB 19 - PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record congressional staff discussion with Amb. Johnny Carson and Susan Stigant focusing on U.S.-Nigerian relations in the face of recent political, economic, and security developments in Nigeria.

Calamity in Greece & the Eurozone
FEB 18 - PSA's Ambassador Tom Miller, PSA Board member and former U.S. Ambassador to Greece, discussed implications of Greece's recent election and economic challenges in southern Europe. This was a closed event for CPP alumni.

Off-the-Record with Michael Morell, Acting CIA Director (ret.)
FEB 9 - Michael Morell, former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency joined alumni of PSA's Congressional Partnership Program (CPP) for a discussion on America's critical national security and foreign policy challenges ahead.

To learn more about the CPP, visit www.psaonline.org/cpp

Defining U.S. Goals & Policy on Pakistan in 2015
JAN 15 - Pakistan experts Stephen Cohen (Brookings), Shuja Nawaz (formerly Atlantic Council), and Moeed Yusuf (United States Institute of Peace) joined Capitol Hill staff to explore current issues surrounding the U.S.-Pakistan relationship.

Congressional Working Series on Future U.S. Afghanistan Policy
OCT Series - As the last days of campaign season heated up outside the Beltway, PSA and USIP convened influential Capitol Hill foreign policy/national security staffers - Republicans, Democrats, House, Senate - over three weeks to dig deep on the future of U.S. policy in Afghanistan in pursuit of bipartisan solutions.

Crossing Cultures - CPP Alumni Share Insights with Young MENA Leaders
NOV 21 - Alumni of PSA's Congressional Partnership Program joined young leaders from the Middle East and North Africa to exchange ideas on media, politics, and government. Thanks for the great opportunity UN Alliance of Civilizations!

CPP Alumni Dinner with Former Reps. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Jean Schmidt (R-OH)
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NOV 18 - Former U.S. Representatives Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and Jean Schmidt (R-OH) joined PSA's Congressional Partnership Program alumni for a bipartisan dinner to discuss current international challenges facing U.S. policymakers and opportunities for improving cross-party engagement on critical foreign policy and national security issues.

Briefing: The Role of Women in Counterterrorism
SEPT 17 - CAPITOL HILL PUBLIC EVENT Women play an important, but not as recognized role in counterterrorism worldwide. This briefing shed light on their roles in preventing terrorism and discussed the ideas of what The United States and international community can do to further integrate women in counterterrorism programs.

This briefing was organized by two participants in PSA's Congressional Partnership Program. Information on the CPP found at www.psaonline.org/cpp

CPP Alumni Dinner with Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad (ret.)
APRIL 8 - Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan and the United Nations, joined PSA to reflect on his experiences at the highest levels of government and discuss current international challenges facing policymakers. This was a closed event for CPP alumni.

New Dynamics in the U.S.-Afghanistan Relationship
MAR 30 -PSA and USIP hosted an off-the-record roundtable discussion of the current situation in Afghanistan and the status of U.S.-Afghan relations. The discussion was led by Nancy Lindborg, President of USIP, and Ambassador James Dobbins, former State Department Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

CPP Alumni Dinner with Dr. Norman Ornstein
OCT 20 - Dr. Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, joined our Congressional Partnership Program alumni to discuss our electoral system and partisanship in Congress.

Private Off-the-Record Dinner with CPP Summer 2014 Class
OCT 6 - PSA's Congressional Partnership Program hosted the summer 2014 class of CPP participants for a private off-the-record dinner. Participants joined members of PSA's Board of Directors for an off-the-record roundtable dinner focusing on top national security and foreign policy challenges today in Congress.

Former Senator Jon Kyl Private Event
SEPT 22 - PSA welcomed former Senator Jon Kyl to speak to the eleventh class of the Congressional Partnership Program at a private, off-the-record dinner.

Information on the CPP found at www.psaonline.org/cpp

Summer 2014 CPP Retreat
SEPT 13-14 - September 13 & 14 - PSA Congressional Program participants joined an all-star group of foreign policy and national security experts for a weekend of thought provoking discussions and bipartisan team-building. Speakers included:Thomas Moore, Ed Levine, Dr. Kim Holmes, Robert Daly, and Dr. Dov Zakheim

PSA Welcomes Former Senator Evan Bayh
SEPT 3 - PSA welcomed former Senator Evan Bayh to speak to the eleventh class of the Congressional Partnership Program at a private, off-the-record dinner.

Senator Richard Lugar Congressional Partnership Program Alumni Lunch
JULY 21: Senator Richard Lugar (1977-2013) joined PSA's Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record lunch with CPP alumni.

Jerry Bremer, Doug Ollivant, Paul Pillar Off-the-Record Congressional Partnership Program Dinner
JUNE 23 - Jerry Bremer, Doug Ollivant, Paul Pillar joined PSA's Congressional Partnership program for an off-the-record discussion with spring 2014 participants on the crisis in Iraq.

Amb. Robert Ford Off-the-Record Congressional Partnership Program Dinner
JUNE 9 - Ambassador Robert Ford, U.S. Ambassador to Syria (2010-2014), joined PSA's Congressional Partnership Program for an off-the-record discussion with spring 2014 participants.